Media Bias - Dec 6th

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On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee voted to advance the nomination of Nathan Simington, a Republican in favor of greater government oversight of speech on the internet, to the Federal Communications Commission. Simington’s nomination now awaits a floor vote for final approval.

President Donald Trump nominated Simington to be the next Republican FCC Commissioner in September. If approved, Simington would fill Republican Commissioner Mike O’Rielly’s seat, leaving the agency at 2-2 deadlock when Chairman Ajit Pai steps down on January 20th. Without a Democratic majority at the FCC, the Biden administration will likely have difficulties rolling through any major policy measures until another nominee is vetted and approved.

In August, Trump abruptly withdrew O’Rielly’s renomination for an additional term at the FCC after the commissioner gave a speech opposing changes to Section 230, a hotly contested internet law the Trump administration has sought to repeal over the last few years.

ABC's "Good Morning America" is being criticized for "bias in broad daylight" for a segment promoting a progressive group electing Democrats in the Georgia Senate runoff, Fox News contributor Joe Concha said Friday.

"Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus promoted a table read this Sunday of an episode from the show for an event supporting Democrats in the January race and co-host George Stephanopoulos encouraged viewers to get tickets, as Steve Guest, the GOP Rapid Response director, pointed out on Twitter.

Donald Trump has threatened to veto a major military funding bill unless Congress abolishes a liability law protecting social media firms regularly accused of bias by the president.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act gives immunity to tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter from legal action on content posted by users.

Both platforms have found themselves the target of incandescent fury from Trump in recent weeks after they began attaching disclaimers to social media posts by the president that claimed he had lost last month's election due to voter fraud.

Trump has doubled on a months-old push to abolish the statute in response -- a move that has been backed by his congressional allies.

"Section 230... represents a serious threat to our national security and the integrity of the elections," the president tweeted on Tuesday night.

n an article published Sunday in the Signpost, Wikipedia’s in-house newsletter, one editor involved in purging conservative media from the site responded to an article in British magazine the Critic, which analyzed left-wing bias on the site and suggested this purge was one result. The Signpost writer defended the process by claiming conservative media is generally less reliable. He further claimed Wikipedia was “center-right” citing a study relying on the political affiliation of people linking to sites on social media.

Comments on the piece from one user refuted the Signpost article’s main claim by noting many left-wing outlets deemed unreliable by outside sources were not similarly banned on Wikipedia. Purging of conservative media has continued with Newsmax’s recent ban following its rise in popularity due to its coverage of the disputed 2020 election.

The op-ed piece titled “Re-righting Wikipedia” was authored by editor “Newslinger” for the November issue of the Signpost. A newsletter subscribed to by over a thousand Wikipedia editors, the Signpost regularly presents community views regarding outside criticism of the site. Newslinger has been responsible for getting several conservative outlets “deprecated” on Wikipedia, the process by which sources are banned from use for factual claims. This includes the Epoch Times, Zero Hedge, and the Daily Caller. Due to the Daily Caller’s ban, Wikipedia could not cite its verification of e-mails concerning Biden family corruption allegations reported by the New York Post, itself deemed unreliable following a ban attempt.

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